At WNS, We're In It To Win It

Our top priority is to keep WNS students on campus and engaged in the full academic program that distinguishes our school, while also keeping both students and faculty safe. We can accomplish this if we have everyone’s full support and partnership. Below is a summary recap of the key elements of our Five Layers of Safety for a 2021-22 School Year. We are smarter than a virus!

1. Limit Chance of Exposure

  • Masks: keep high quality masks handy. If you are in a crowded indoor venue, wear a mask. 
  • Antigen tests: if you or your student were in a situation where exposure could have occurred (big indoor event, indoor sports activities, travel activities, etc.), please take an antigen test before coming back to campus.
  • Symptom screening: continue to seriously symptom screen and keep your students home if they have any non-chronic symptoms.
  • Communicate: email or call the school nurse if you have had a potential close contact so we can guide you on any isolation precautions. Please access the TOS if there has been any exposure. 
  • Playdates: This is also a time to schedule lots of playdates for your children and plan outdoor activities as much as possible (no masks needed). If play is indoors, use spaces that have lots of ventilation. Please actively supervise during these playdates, as many children are relearning how to socialize and engage in positive play, sharing, and managing their language, and may need your positive coaching. 

2. COVID Vaccination

  • There is no single better barrier to spreading COVID or to avoid serious illness than to get the COVID vaccine.
  • 100% of WNS Faculty and Staff are vaccinated (this is a requirement)
  • Being ‘fully vaccinated’ means having received a booster vaccine if eligible. 

Update for the 2022-23 School Year: 

  • WNS will require all students in kindergarten through 8th grade to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to, and throughout the course of the school year commencing on August 31, 2022.
  • Full vaccination will include receipt of any booster doses recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and/or the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH).
  • Documentation of K-8 student vaccination status will be required by August 1, or within two weeks of a child aging into vaccine eligibility.
  • Proof of subsequent booster vaccinations will be required within 6 months of the initial two-dose vaccination, per LADPH recommendations.
  • We also expect a COVID vaccine will be available to children between two and five years old sometime this summer. While not required at this time, we strongly encourage our preschool and DK students to be vaccinated when they become eligible.

3. Symptom Screening

The most important thing you can do is to authentically symptom screen the household each morning and hold your student back from school if anyone in your household has any of the following symptoms:
 
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever over 100.4 degrees
  • Chills and/or body pain. 

Daily symptom screening of your student(s) and your household is essential to our protection of the school community from COVID. If any YES answer, please keep your child(ren) home and contact the School Nurse at Schoolnurse@wns-la.org.

1. If your child or someone in the household has mild symptoms that may or may not be symptoms of COVID-19, such as congestion or sniffles, please take two antigen tests two days apart and contact the school nurse before sending your student to school. 
 
2. If in doubt, please take a day or two in TOS and test to be sure there is no COVID-19 infection before sending your child to school. 
 

PLAYGROUND DAILY SYMPTOM SCREENING QUESTIONS:

Testing Protocols & Travel Guidance - Updated May 2022

Every student and household member should TEST every week. 

1. Fully vaccinated students can PCR test every other week (full schedule here).
  1. Vaccinated students must have a negative ANTIGEN test the Sunday night before school on the weeks they don’t PCR test. 
  2. Antigen test results must be uploaded into Playground by 8pm Sunday night.
2. Unvaccinated and unboosted parents/caregivers and students MUST PCR test each week (PATH drive-through testing is provided on Saturdays from 9am-12pm). 
  1. Results from testing at another site need to be uploaded to Playground by 8pm Sunday evening. 
3. NOTE- there will no longer be middle school testing on Fridays; middle school student testing is included in the  new testing schedule
 
4. Every family needs a supply of FDA-approved antigen testsThere are free tests available through USPS if you haven’t ordered yours yet.
 
5. The TEST TO STAY protocol is designed to KEEP students in school after having a possible exposure at school. 
  1. Students must remain 100% symptom free.
  2. Students must wear an approved mask all of the time at school.
  3. Students must have a negative antigen test on day 2 and day 5.
NOTE: Home exposures require minimum five-day home isolation.

 

TRAVEL TESTING REQUIREMENTS:

I’M AN UNVACCINATED STUDENT

  • Domestic Travel: Two-day buffer required after travel before PCR test 
  • International Travel: Must quarantine for 7 days and take PCR test on or after the 5th day back 

I’M A VACCINATED STUDENT

  • Domestic Travel: No buffer required after domestic travel (antigen or PCR test after domestic travel) 
  • International Travel: Must isolate for 3 days, taking PCR test on or after 3rd day of being home, before returning to campus

I’M AN UNVACCINATED PARENT/CAREGIVER of an UNVACCINATED STUDENT

  • Domestic Travel: Two-day buffer after travel before PCR test
  • International Travel: Must quarantine for 7 days and take PCR test on or after the 5th day back

I’M A VACCINATED PARENT/CAREGIVER

  • Domestic Travel: No buffer required after domestic travel (antigen or PCR test after domestic travel) 
  • International Travel: Must isolate for 3 days, taking PCR test on or after 3rd day of being home, before returning to campus

4. School Based Layers of Mitigation

REVISED ECC-8 MASK POLICY EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MAY 2, 2022 

Masks will be OPTIONAL indoors when in classrooms and outdoors as of Monday, May 2. 
 
The EXCEPTIONS are as follows:
  • Students still need to bring a mask everyday; we will require masks when indoors in mixed groups.
  • Any students on campus under the Test to Stay protocol must wear a mask indoors and outdoors (other than when eating or drinking) during their 10 day Test to Stay protocol. 
  • Any asymptomatic student or staff member who is permitted by the school nurse back on campus five days after a household exposure must wear a mask indoors and outdoors for five additional days. 
    • If conditions change, we can and will quickly readjust our mask protocols. All of the cases we’ve had over the past two months have been from household transmission, which will be unlikely to reach our campus if parents and caregivers are also testing weekly; it is very important that everyone tests regularly.
    • ECC-8 Test to Stay Protocol: ECC-8th grade students may continue to attend school under the Test to Stay protocol if there is a positive case in their class. When this occurs, students who are asymptomatic may remain in school with the required testing and must wear KN95 or KF94 (or Happy Masks) over a minimum of five days both indoors AND outdoors
  • PROTOCOLS FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS VISITING CAMPUS

    We want to create an inclusive environment for all of our parents and caregivers regardless of vaccination status to share in the many wonderful end of year events, regardless of your vaccination status. The following testing protocols MUST be followed in order to attend on campus events: 
    • 1. All unvaccinated and unboosted parents are required to PCR test once a week, as has long been our requirement. Please upload these results to Playground.
      1. If you are fully vaccinated, please upload this information to Playground as soon as possible. 
      2. All parents, caregivers, and invited guests may come on campus with an RSVP and a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of the event. 
      1. Label the test strip with your name and date of test; bring a photo of the test strip with you. 
      2. NOTE: if you do not antigen test ahead of time you should expect a 20 minute delay in getting into the event as we will need to administer a test on site. 

5. Infection Containment

Updated February 9, 2022
 
Based on recommendations from the CDC and guidelines from the SDPH, LADPH, and with consultation with medical and public health professionals, we will be following these protocols for infection management at WNS: 
Temporary Out of School Plan (TOS)

WNS has created a Temporarily Out of School plan (TOS) for K-8 students missing school only for the following reasons:

  • Students in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test
  • Student in quarantine due to an exposure to COVID-19
  • Students awaiting a negative test result after travel or other high-risk encounter 
If you think your student qualifies for TOS, please submit your request via the button below.
 
  • Complete the registration form via the button below. If you know your student will be out ahead of time, please submit your request as soon as possible to avoid delays. 
  • With advance notice, your child should be able to begin using the TOS program immediately. When it is a same day notice, we will make every effort to get your student engaged in TOS ASAP and will do so within 24 hours.
  • Students missing school are always welcome to check the classroom website (K-1) or Google Classroom (2-8) to view assignments.
  • You will receive information from your child’s teacher and/or the TOS teacher (K-4 only) within 24 hours or 1 full business day.
  • You will be contacted by the health office within 48 hours to determine and collect the student’s return date. To help expedite this process you may contact Chelsea Magdaleno at cmagdaleno@wnsk8.com with a good time to connect, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
TOS is not for students missing school for the following reasons:
  • Missing school for the day due to a doctor appointment or other appointments
  • Missing school while on vacation
  • Missing school for 1-2 days unrelated to COVID-19

Why can it take up to 24 hours or 1 full business day to fully enter the TOS program? 

WNS is committed to continuous learning in all environments.  This means we need time to notify teachers, collect materials and communicate with families.  Notifying the school over the weekend may result in a Tuesday start in the TOS program.

We are fortunate to have an expert in the field of virtual learning: Lori Getz, Director of Online Learning, as part of the WNS team. If you have questions regarding online learning, please reach out to your child’s teacher, or Lori at onlinelearning@wns-la.org. 

will have a morning meeting and afternoon check-in all together, and work independently on their Seesaw activities in between. 

will have a morning meeting together, work independently on Google Classroom activities, and an afternoon check-in by grade level. 

will receive an email reminder for accessing assignments on Google Classroom and have a check-in with their teacher in the afternoon. Students will work independently on their Google Classroom activities and email with teachers about their classwork. 

will access their class schedule on Google Calendar and assignments on Google Classroom. Google Calendar will indicate if a student is expected to Zoom into any classes each day. Students have one check-in with a teacher in the afternoon and will work independently on their Google Classroom activities and email with teachers about their classwork. 

 

Our pathway to a successful 2021-22 school year will require the full support and cooperation of every member of our school community. Working together, we can win this!

 

For more information...

For a more detailed look into daily school protocols, key contact information and helpful resources from the State Department of Public Health (SDPH) and Los Angeles County Department of Health (LADPH), please visit our expanded COVID Protocol page by clicking below.